The earth is sighing. It is overburdened, old and tired. It needs our help. A lot of us are all ready and eager to help but most of us don’t know how. It is true that a quick change in our lifestyles is required to reverse and correct the damage that has already been done. Drastic measure can only be taken at higher Governmental levels, true, but we can contribute in our small ways to reduce our Carbon Footprints, and we can start today. Every drop counts when measuring the Oceans. You can help.
• Install Solar Panels to provide electricity for your house and business,
which will insure that you will leave behind a smaller Carbon Footprint, as your electric needs will be fulfilled but by burning less fossil fuel.
• Replace all bulbs with the mercury bulbs.
• Buy only enough food that you know you will eat, don’t hoard today only to throw away tomorrow.
• Eat more fresh foods, the less processed food you eat, the better for your health and the environment.
• Wear less darker clothes to work boys, yes, the black suits absorb the heat towards the office buildings, making them warm and consequently making the cooling work overtime.
• Wear warm clothes inside the house instead of turning up the heating every time it gets colder. Socks and sweaters are the friends of environment.
• Try helping the trees by using both sides of paper.
• Have your monthly bills e-mailed to you.
• Plant more trees.
• Only run the washing machine on a full load of clothes.
• Only use the dishwasher when it is full.
• Only vacuum the house when needed, like once every week or every other week.
• Plan your car trips to town in advance so that you can do all your chores in one go; so that you don’t have to run to the store just for a gallon of milk, make lists ladies.
• Use natural sunlight wherever possible in the mornings, open the blinds and turn off the lights. Set up work desks near windows.
• Turn off all extra lights.
• Unplug electronics when not in use. Don’t leave you PCs on forever.
• Turn off the TV when no one is watching.
• Do not throw away used electronic batteries (laptop, cell phone batteries etc.) and other electronics, into the trash; take them back to the electronic stores they will recycle them properly. You can also try finding Electronic Recycling Centers in your yellow pages.
• Do not throw away old printer cartridges in trash also, these too can be taken or mailed to sellers for proper disposal.
• Recycle glass, tin, paper and old clothes.
• Use e-bay and Craig’s list to buy stuff whenever possible, it is recycling when you buy used stuff and re-use it.
• Sell your old stuff or give it away rather than throwing it away.
• Use car pools to and from work, and for kids’ school pick and drops.
• Ride your bike to work, if it not freezing outside and you live near your work place.
• Do not use plastic bags!!!!! Get cloth shopping bags today.
• Use less paper towels, buy some dish cloths and don’t throw away the dirty ones, wash them and reuse them.
• Try using as less of plastic stuff as you can. Plastic bottles, containers and pots etc. are harmful for you and the environment.
• Use detergents and bathroom cleaners that do not have ammonia in them.
• Take smaller showers.
• Use soaps, shampoos and other grooming products economically.
• Try using deodorant sticks rather than sprays.
• Do not flush empty toilets.
• Fix the water leaks or have them fixed. Yes, the dripping shower is also a water leak.
• Use filtered water rather than buying a bottle, drinking a sip from it and throwing it away.
• Have things fixed, whenever possible, instead of replacing them.
• Support the harvesting of solar and other natural energy sources like wind and water.
It is a fact that nothing written above is new for us. We’ve heard it all before but the question is, are we practicing it? We must keep our minds open and adopt positive changes regarding the environment. We must start practicing what we are hearing and learning everyday. It sounds pretty clichéd but it is all true so:
Change your attitude towards earth today.
Start living green.
Start living in a way that you leave smaller and smaller “Carbon Footprints” behind every single day.
Start today for a better tomorrow.
A Public Awareness Message by,